Chameleons don’t change color to match their environment; it’s just the opposite. How do they do it? By manipulating tiny crystals in their skin. Now, UC Berkeley researchers are on a quest to create synthetic chameleon skin inspired by these reptiles’ uncanny ability. Watch the latest Deep Look to find out how, from kqedscience and pbsdigitalstudios!
Don’t worry if you can’t find the Department of Awesome Camouflage. They’ve been taking lessons from the Eastern Screech Owls in Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp. Photographer Graham McGeorge is exceedingly patient and adept at spotting these masters of disguise, who spend the daytime hours roosting inside trees, emerging at night to hunt for their meals. Judging by these stunning photos, the owls seem to know just which trees to pick out for themselves. Their feathers blend in so well with the color and texture of the tree bark, it would be almost impossible to spot them were it not for their intense yellow eyes.